Tackling our City's Housing Problems

Our country faces a very severe housing shortage. This is the result of chronic under-investment by previous governments. Under Labour, social housing reduced by an astonishing 421,000.

In Parliament, the Liberal Democrats pressed hard to improve the housing market. Julian Huppert, previous MP for Cambridge, presented a Bill to improve regulation of the private rental sector - this called for the Government to ban excessive fees by letting agents and ensure that all housing meets appropriate standards.

In Cambridge, the Lib Dem led City Council made enormous progress in making more housing available. As a result of Lib Dem action, the City Deal will deliver 33,000 homes over the next 20 years. We also launched plans to build 2,000 new council homes.

On a national scale, Liberal Democrats are leading calls to address the housing shortages. We will build 300,000 new homes a year - neither Labour nor the Tories have targets as ambitious as ours.

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